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Festival Thiru Onam celebrated in Kerala

Aug 28, 2015 12:12 IST

Thiru Onam (Thiruvonam) festivalThiru Onam (Thiruvonam) festival, the most auspicious day of the Onam, was celebrated with traditional gaiety on 28 August 2015 in Kerala. The celebrations of Onam started with Atham ten days ago.  
Thiru Onam celebrated by Keralites without any boundaries of caste or religion, marks birthday of Sri Padmanabham, the presiding deity of Thiruvananthapuram. It is the most important day of Onam.

Thiru Onam celebrations started with the colourful floral pattern called Ona Pookkalam on the floors to welcome Maha Bali. Ona Pookkalam is similar to rangoli, but made of flowers instead of colour powders. On this day, people of Kerala perform Poojas at temples, including hill shrine of Sabari Mala, Guruvayur and Thrikkakara, which is believed to be the capital of legendary King Maha Bali.

Onam is a Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala is also the state festival of Kerala. It falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (August – September) and marks the commemoration of Vamana avatara of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali who Malayalees consider as their King.

The traditional feast called Ona Sadya is another significant part of Onam celebrations. On this day, numerous cultural programmes are also organised in every districts of Kerala.

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